Saturday, April 14, 2007
BBC is reporting that opposition leader Garry Kasparov was arrested today at an anti-Putin rally in Moscow.
I wish I could say I'm surprised, but this is the way Russia is heading now. Where dissent was tolerated, if sidelined, in the early Putin years, paranoia has now completely taken over. You can once more get arrested simply for expressing your political opinions - just like the bad old days.
Nine thousand riot police to deal with a march that organizers had said would draw a maximum of 5,000 people?
I remember chatting a few years back with independent MP Vladimir Ryzhkov. He told me then that Russia was on the road to "Belarusification," in other words becoming more and more like Alexander Lukashenko's neo-Soviet hermit state next door.
Today, it looks like that journey is complete.